More Bizarre.

After we mentioned the tongue-eating fish parasite the other day, Ben brought the Agenda’s attention to a particular kind of wasp that, when it needs to lay eggs, seeks out a cockroach, first paralyzing it with a sting to its midsection and then piercing its brain and injecting a venom that neutralizes the cockroach’s escape instinct. The wasp then leads the cockroach by its antennae to the wasp’s den, where it lays its egg on the cockroach’s belly. When the egg hatches, the larva chews a hole in the cockroach, slips inside, feeds on cockroach guts for a few days, then cocoons and eventually busts out of the cockroach as a full-grown wasp.

Whoa. Nature.
And there’s more where that came from, but you’ll just have to wait.

NB: Two of our coastal associates, Diru and Goob, have rolled in and are expected to be pretty demanding of the Agenda’s time. As such, posts over the next couple of days could be fairly minimalist. You have been warned.

Also, thanks to Fredville for the shout-out.

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2 Responses to More Bizarre.

  1. Jeana says:

    Have fun celebrating your 30th with Andy and Gabe! Although your birthday’s not for another week, the end is near my friend!

  2. Fletch says:

    Hey, thanks. But did you really have to go there?

    And since you’ll beat me by a day, please warn me if anything really strange happens when that “3” goes on the front of your age.

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